Transferring from Community College to a 4-year Institution

Updated July 20, 2018 |
Transferring from Community College to a 4-year Institution
Learn about the steps you need to take to successfully transfer from a community college to a 4-year institution.
Are you considering attending a community college before transferring to a four year university? Nearly 11 million students each year attend community college. Some choose community college to save thousands of dollars on tuition for the first two years of schooling, while others opt to attend community college to determine which major interests them most.   Regardless of why you choose to attend community college, with a few phases of planning, you can transfer to the university and major that are right for your higher learning.  
 
Many students choose to begin their careers at community college before transferring to a four-year institution. Considering that the University of California Regents reported that approximately 30% of all the UC awarded bachelor’s degrees were given to students who transferred from community colleges, you are not alone. 
 
The time that you take to plan out your community college curriculum will pay off significantly in helping you gain acceptance into the university of your choice, along with transferring valuable credits. The key to successfully transferring to a four year institution begins with early planning. This ensures that your credits not only transfer, but that the classes you take put in the best academic light possible. 
 
 
Step 1: Befriend your academic counselor
 
One of the least utilized resources is your academic counselor, whose goal is to help you succeed…academically!   One of the first things you should do during your transfer planning is to meet with your academic counselor as soon as possible. Tell your counselor what your plans and
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Updated July 07, 2018 |
Can Community Colleges Cure the Economy?
Learn about recent government recommendations for community colleges and their role in our nation's competitiveness.
Do community colleges hold the key for curing an ailing U.S. economy? That is one conclusion in the Report of the National Commission on Community Colleges entitled "Winning the Skills Race and Strengthening America's Middle Class: An Action Agenda for Community Colleges" (the Report). The Commission took a comprehensive look at the fundamental role of community colleges in maximizing our nation's ability to compete in a global economy. The Commission's findings and recommendations are discussed in this article.
 
Background
 
In 2005, the College Board established the Center for Innovative Thought (the Center) to identify challenges to America's education system and recommend solutions. Convinced that community colleges are the nation's overlooked asset, the Center formed the National Commission on Community Colleges to investigate means for improving and expanding the role of community colleges in the future. The Commission is composed of chair Augustine P. Gallego, Chancellor Emeritus of San Diego Community College District, and ten community college presidents or immediate past presidents. The Commission released its Report in January 2008. The Report looks at the present state of community colleges, identifies numerous challenges facing the U.S., and recommends taking action that will place community colleges in the forefront of meeting these challenges. The College Board applauded the Report and pledged to contribute the Board's expertise in implementing the Report's recommendations.
 
Present Status of Community Colleges
 
The 1,202 community colleges in the U.S. enroll approximately 11.6 million credit and non-credit students. The average age of the community college student is 29. About 34 percent
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Updated May 29, 2017 |
Careers After Community College
Learn about fast-growing careers and degrees community college grads are pursuing.
Many students who are considering attending community college want to know what their career opportunities are after graduating. If you are contemplating community college, then you are in for good news! 
 
The professional prospects for a community college grad are very promising. According to the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), who analyzed data presented by the US Department of Education and College Board, the average community college graduate earns significant more than a high school graduate. When it comes to the average expected lifetime earnings, those with an associate’s degree earn $1.6 million, which is significant more than the $.4 million a high school graduate will earn. From this perspective alone, graduating from community college will earn your bank account an extra $1.2 million in your lifetime!  
 
Popular community college majors
 
Although the majors and careers found in community college are quite diverse, ranging from art to zoology, there are several majors that are highly popular, according to the AACC. The five most popular majors in community college are: 
  • Computer technologies – 1,017 programs throughout community colleges
  • Registered nursing – 755 programs offered in community colleges
  • Law enforcement – 751 programs offered nationally through community colleges 
  • Licensed practical nursing – 528 programs throughout community colleges
  • Radiology – 269 programs offered through community colleges
The working applications of community college
 
The AACC estimates that there are 11 million students enrolled in community college; with the sheer numbers of the community college student population, employers have taken note of the high caliber of talent that emerges from community college. According to surveys conducted by
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Updated June 21, 2018 |
Online Community College Classes
Learn how online courses broaden the options of a community college education.
 
The advent of the internet has revolutionized society, and education has been dually impacted. With the rise in internet technologies, an increasing number of college courses are moved online – allowing students to learn with sheer convenience.  Indeed, the National Center for Education Statistics reported in 2006 that more than 62% of all community college students take courses online. 
 
Community colleges have paved the way for online courses, and students are taking note. In fact, according to research conducted by the Sloan Consortium, two-year community colleges have experienced the highest growth rate in online education, accounting for more than 50% of all online course enrollments in the past five years. The enrollment in online courses at community colleges surpasses the numbers of all other higher education programs combined. 
 
Nationally, according to the Sloan Consortium, approximately 20% of college students in America took an online course during the fall semester of 2006, which equates to 3.5 million students. In addition, the Sloan Consortium research found that the enrollment in online courses is growing at a rate significantly faster than the standard student-growth rates. 
 
Advantages to online curriculum
 
As more careers and jobs require technical skills in computing and internet research, students who do not develop these skills are quickly left behind in competitiveness. Therefore, online courses offer several benefits, such as convenient learning and an opportunity to hone your technical skills. 
 
  • Convenience: Taking an online course allows you to progress through the class at your own pace. If you have a job during the day, you can watch your
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Updated August 07, 2018 |
Athletics in Community Colleges
Learn about athletics in community colleges - what sports are typically offered and their role in the student experience.
Community colleges enroll between 11 and 12 million students annually, of which over 50,000 participate in intercollegiate athletics. Almost one half of community colleges have intercollegiate sports programs. Community colleges are moving toward greater participation in athletics, either by starting new programs or expanding existing programs. The programs vary considerably, both in the type and number of sports available. After discussing the regulation of community college athletics and providing some examples of athletic programs, this report examines the case for athletics in the community college setting.
 
National Junior College Athletic Association
 
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) regulates intercollegiate athletics of community colleges. It is the community college counterpart of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), which oversees athletics at four-year institutions. The organization's goal is to promote athletics as a valuable component of the educational experience at community colleges. The NJCAA has 530 member colleges participating in 15 men's and 13 women's sports. There are 50 national championships and nine football bowl games.
 
Community college students have an opportunity to participate in numerous intercollegiate sports. Presently, the following sports are sanctioned by the NJCAA:
 
For men and women:                         
  • Basketball                                                                   
  • Bowling 
  • Cross country
  • Golf  
  • Half marathon
  • Indoor track and field
  • Lacrosse
  • Outdoor track and field
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
 
Also for men: 
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Wrestling
Also for women:
  • Fast pitch softball
  • Volleyball
 
Examples of Community College Intercollegiate Athletic Programs
 
Few generalizations can be
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